Universiteit Antwerpen

Mind, Action and Responsibility: Empirical and Non-empirical Perspectives, June 19th-20th 2013

Antwerp, 19-20 June 2013

Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values
Centre for Philosophical Psychology

Recent developments in the philosophy of action have had a formative impact in reshaping our thinking about the possible connections between legal and moral responsibility, both at the individual and the collective level. The aim of the workshop is to explore the impact of empirical and non-empirical conceptions of intentional action and causation on the notion of responsibility.

The idea is to create a platform for the discussion of views at the intersection of theories of action and free will, and legal/moral responsibility. The workshop will address issues such as a) contrasting notions of intentional action, b) contrasting notions of causation and agency, c) the role of empirical moral psychology in the study of intention, omissions and negligence and its relevance/irrelevance to legal/moral responsibility, d) views that rethink the interconnection between free will and legal/moral responsibility.

The event is organized by Professors Brian Leiter (University of Chicago), Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco (University of Birmingham), George Pavlakos (Universities of Antwerp and Glasgow) and Bence Nanay (University of Antwerp) and co-sponsored by the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values (Faculty of Law) and the Centre for Philosophical Psychology (Department of Philosophy) of the University of Antwerp.

Speakers: Pamela Hieronymi (UCLA), Joshua Knobe (Yale), Brian Leiter (University of Chicago), Thomas Pink (King's College London), Jesse Prinz (CUNY), Gideon Yafffe (Yale)

Venue: room C.001 (Building C, Prinsstraat 13)

For registration please contact: triantafyllos.gkouvas@uantwerpen.be


Wednesday 19 June 2013


11:00 – 13:00 Thomas Pink (King’s College London): ‘Power, Scepticism, and Ethical Theory

Lunch break until 14:15

14:15 – 16:15 Brian Leiter (University of Chicago): ‘The Innocence of Becoming

Coffee break until 16:35

16:35 – 18:35 Gideon Yaffe (Yale): ‘In Defense of Criminal Possession

Thursday 20 June 2013


11:00-13:00 Joshua Knobe (Yale): ‘What Cognitive Science can Teach Us about Proximate Causation

Lunch break until 14:15

14:15 – 16:15 Jesse Prinz (CUNY): ‘Moral Bondage

Coffee break until 16:35

16:35 – 18:35 Pamela Hieronymi (UCLA): ‘Reflection and Responsibility